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be described as a flu epidemic. >> senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is live in ft. worth, texas, with what may be some good news. she has an early read on the new flu numbers that we're getting. elizabeth, what have you learned? >> the cdc every friday release the new flu numbers. i got an early look at them. as you said a little bit of good news. the flu activity in this country has gone down a bit. two weeks ago we were talking about 29 states having high levels of flu activity. now we're talking about 24 states having high level of flu activity. that is good news. now i want to talk about the numbers in a sightly different way. this gets confusing, so bear with me. we're seeing less flu in the united states, but it is spread out more. geographically it has spread out to more locations. so, to put that in terms of numbers, two weeks ago, 41 states were seeing widespread activity, meaning it was throughout various regions of their state. now 47 states say they're seeing flu in various regions of their state. so spread out more, but the actual number of people who are having flu
, our senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen is in ft. worth, texas, and she's been tracking all three of these illnesses. i want to start with the most serious and the one creating the most headlines, this flu. so, we are seeing this slowdown that i just mentioned but the numbers are still high. put it in perspective for me, if you can today, elizabeth. >> reporter: do you know what, ashleigh, if you look overall at the whole country, the numbers have gone down slightly, the amount of flu activity. however, do you know what, you really don't care what the flu's like halfway across the country, you care about what it's like where you live. so, in some parts of the country particularly the southeast, the numbers are going down. in other parts they're going up. this is very classic of a flu season. these numbers kind of go up and down. but, you know, what we're hoping is that this is sort of the beginning of flu overall going down. still lots of flu out there. still get a vaccine if you haven't gotten one already. >> is this sort of not, you know, overstated about getting the vacci
't have to be as concerned. my colleague, elizabeth cohen is reporting, a person in the their teens, ended up dying. it's not to be an alarmist. this could be presented and if addressed earlier enough can be treated. doesn't mean rush to the hospital by any answer o means but know the symptoms and if they get bad, do go. >> dr. gupta, thank you so have. >>> for numbers on the job front. 371,000 people filed first-time claims last week. up $4,000 from the week before. this is the first unemployment report, by the way, of 2013. when it comes to ending gun violence, vice president joe biden, made it very clear, if congress doesn't pass new gun laws, the president could go it alone as in bypass congress, and issue an executive order. >> the president is going to act. there are executive orders -- executive action that can be taken. weefbt decided what that is yet but we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and cabinet members as well as legislative action we believe is require. >> they took his words as a threat. saying it's tripping them of their second ahelpment rights.
out nationwide. we will talk more about this flu and the spread coming up with elizabeth cohen in the next hour. >> is it too late to get a flu vaccine? >> never too late. >>> vice president biden revealing the white house is prepared to bypass congress to push through tough new gun control laws. that announcement coming hours before today's talks between biden's gun violence commission and gun rights groups, including the national rifle association. it is shaping up to be a long day for the vice president. later this morning he meets with sportsmen and wildlife groups. this afternoon it's representatives from gun owners groups, including the nra. tonight the entertainment industry weighs in on how violence in the media may be influencing the problem. when it is all said and done biden acknowledges his boss is prepared to use the powers of the presidency to enact his own comprehensive gun control plan. >> the president is going to act. there are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. we have not decided what that is yet. we are compiling it all with the help of t
after you see how many calories are packed into some popular restaurants. elizabeth cohen is live in atlanta. how many calories are we talking about? >> an enormous amount. in one dish, you're getting calories should you get in an entire day. i think americans expect fast food is high caloried. i think you don't get that even in a nice restaurant, sometimes you're getting even more calories. take a look at two dishes. this one right here is cheesecake factory he's bistro shrimp pasta. 3120 calories. >> did you say 3,000? >> yes. that's a 3. yes, you heard that right. and you're supposed to get about 2200 calories a day. so it's way more than you're supposed to have in an entire day. as a matter of fact, that one dish is the equivalent calorie-wise of 5 1/2 big macs. you would never sit down and eat 5 1/2 big macs, but that's what's in this dish. and let me show you another one. this is called veal porter house and crispy red potatoes and that has 2710 calories. again, more than you're supposed to have in an entire day. it is the equivalent of three pints of ben and juerry's ice cr
. sanjay gupta is in atlanta. what are you expecting to hear? >> elizabeth cohen has been working through the night on getting these numbers. one number, which is important and what we expected. widespread outbreak of the flu. 47 states, up from 41 states with an outbreak of the flu. some good news. the number of states with high levels of activity has gone down from 29 now to 24. two additional deaths in young people, from 18 to 20. but there may be some relief as you say in sight. we are at epidemic threshold. that basically means we are seeing more cases than we expected to see at this time year. big question? will those cases stay elevated or will they start to come down across the country? >> we keep hearing, get a flu shot, get a flu shot. some got our flu shots early. yes, i'm gloating. if you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, is there enough vaccine? >> i think so. i crunched some numbers on this overnight. may be some spot shortages, but general numbers, take aook at how many of these vaccines were specifically manufactured, 135 million, bottom number, 112 million vaccinated. not
by the last two democratic presidents. william cohen, and bob gates, re-appointed by president obama in 2009. and chuck hagel is a republican senator from nebraska. the republican committee is not jumping up and down celebrating. today, they released a statement about serious concerns that hagel has taken on a range of critical national security issues. republican senator graham got even more specific. >> chuck hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonastic secretary of defense towards israel in our nation's history. he said you should negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, that israel must negotiate with hamas, he has long cut his ties with the republican party. this is an in-your-face nomination by the president, to those of us that support. >> he means they have this to say about the conservative movement, america, the next chapter. chuck hagel writes, so why did we invade iraq? i believe it is the triumph, arrogance and incompetent that took america into this war of choice. chuck hagel, it should be said did not begin his career as a foreign policy apos
widespread this epidemic has become? we're going to talk with elizabeth cohen at the top of the hour. would you take it? well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin totally dedicated to your eyes, from the eye care experts at bausch + lomb. as you age, eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish key eye nutrients. ocuvite has a unique formula not found in your multivitamin to help protect your eye health. now that's a pill worth taking. [ male announcer ] ocuvite. help protect your eye health. >>> our starting point one month later, we're live this morning from newtown, connecticut, marking one month since 20 first graders and 6 staffers were gunned down inside the sandy hook elementary school. this morning we take a look at how the community is coping today and their plans to help prevent another tragedy. >>> then a flu especialpidemic widespread across 47 states with vaccines running low. where we stand and what you need to know to protect you and your family. >>> plus hollywood celebrates its own at the golden globe awards. we've got the surprises and the
life. >> reporter: elizabeth cohen, cnn, ft. worth, texas. >> thanks for watching, everyone. "cnn newsroom" continues now with martin savidge. you can pick it up from here. >> thanks very much. >> sure. >>> 12:00 p.m. on the east coast, 9:00 a.m. on the west coast. i'm martin savidge in for fredricka whitfield. if you are just tuning in, thank you very much for joining us. these are the top stories we're following right now in the "cnn newsroom." it could be one of the most shocking admissions in sports history. "usa today" is reporting that lance armstrong will admit to doping in an upcoming interview with oprah. we're following that story. >> i said it for seven years. i've said it for longer than seven years. i have never doped. i can say it again. but i've said it for seven years. it doesn't help. >> reporter: help may be something lance armstrong will need a lot of to redeem his reputation after "usa today" reports armstrong will admit to doping throughout his career. the newspaper does not name their source but says it's a person with knowledge of the situation. "usa today"
senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. that defies what a lot of people have thought in the past. what's the significance of this research? why is this? >> a lot of women and even some doctors think, hey, just take off the whole breast. a lot of doctors in the know will tell you, wait a minute. when someone's early stage breast cancer, stage one or stage two, lumpectomy plus radiation is the way to go. this study seems to support that. it suggests, it doesn't prove -- i don't want to use the p word. it suggests that having a lumpectomy and radiation is just as good or perhaps even a little better than having a mastectomy. >> i have a million more questions for you. i think the best thing would be for people -- you always say this -- ask your doctor first, right, elizabeth? >> ask your doctor what the options are. i've talked to so many women who have breast cancer and the doctor says let's do this. i say, well, did you ask him
with his family and all of a sudden became very ill. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen spoke to his parents about their son's final days. >> the family was getting ready for a joyful christmas when on december 31st, 17-year-old son max started feeling sick. tired, fever. >> he never really got like super sick. >> two days later he was feeling better. played in the snow on vacation in wisconsin. celebrated christmas with his family. but christmas night, max felt sick again. >> excessive like 104.9 fever. we could not break it. >> the next morning, his parents took max to the hospital. where he was diagnosed with the flu. >> within 30 minutes, i mean the doctor was like something really wrong here. his kidneys are starting to fail. >> max was rushed by helicopter to a larger hospital. >> one of the last coherent things he said he looked at me and there were tears rolling down his face. >> he was scared >> he said, mom, i'm scared. >> i said i know, buddy. i am, too. then he saw me crying. he said mom, it's going to be okay. you're going to be okay. i love you. and that's really
autism lost their symptoms as they grew older. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen here to talk to me about this study. first, just explain the study. >> it is fascinating because it turns conventional wisdom on its head. doctors thought you can't outgrow autism once you're diagnosed, that's it. you have it. these researchers found 34 kids who were diagnosed with autism by good doctors who know what they're doing as very young kids before the age of 5, and then they -- years later when they looked at them, they didn't have any signs of autism. they were examined and the signs were gone. >> so how is this even possible? >> a couple of things going on. they found in some ways this group of kid had somewhat milder autism to begin with, that's one thing. it could also have something to do with the early intervention that these kids got, some of the training and the schooling and what have you, the therapy these kids got. and it also might have something to do with the children's individual brains. maybe there was something about their brains. and researchers have told me, you know,
virus that has some awful symptoms. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is here with us. what is this sydney 2012? >> sydney 2012 is a strain of something called norovirus, which a lot of people call smum fl stomach flu, not the right terminology, but icky for want of a better phrase. we're talking about forceful vomiting. we're talking diarrhea. it is really not pleasant. >> yeah. something you don't want to go to work with. nobody wants this. how do we stop this from coming into our bodys? >> you know, to some extent you can't. it is incredibly contagious. if you're sick now and god forbid you were vomiting, i would be in real trouble. wash your hands a lot with soap and water. you can use an alcohol-based sterilizer but you should be doing soap and water. wash down surfaces and remember that even after you're better, you can still be contagious. and so don't cook for other people for a little while, or if you do, be really careful. >> this is what i find fascinating. i could have it and give it to other people and not even know it. >> exactly. some people have this virus, b
cohen joins us live from atlanta. all of the talk this morning. what are exactly the dangers of these drugs? >> let's talk about where these drugs come from and why people use them. let's start with human growth hormone, mentioned in the story. human growth hormone is something we all naturally have. made basically in our pituitary glands. what it can do, it can reduce fat and increase muscle mass. but some of the dangers are it can cause bone and muscle pain, diabetes and heart diseasor increase the chance you will get those. let's talk about testosterone, also mentioned in the story. testosterone, a hormone both men and women have. and some people say if you take it, you get bigger, leaner, stronger, and when you have a big workout, it enhances your recovery. makes it easier to recover. but here are some of the dangers. it can increase the chances of getting all sorts of things from sleep apnea to heart disease if a man already has prostate cancer, may grow that existing prostate cancer. >> like lance armstrong's case. is it illegal for doctors to give these drugs to athlet
, cheryl cohen greene around this time after the sundance film festival. >> my job is to help a person who is not sick or broken, just like all of us, myself included, to have a better understanding of their sexuality. we don't get a lot of good training and conversation when we are growing up about it and a lot of people come to their sexual feelings and desires from a sense of shame and embarrassment. >> for some viewers, i have to ask what is the difference between what you do and the oldest profession? >> well, my intention is very different. my intention is to not have clients come back. it's an education process that can be a lot of fun and it can be anxiety-provoking which is good because we work with the therapist around the anxiety that might be happening during our sessions. the focus is to help a person go out into the world feeling much better about who they are so they can share that with another person. >> i want to talk about the film. we mentioned the film based on your experience counselling this one man in particular. this poet, mark o'brien who got polio with a child and
anti-aging group. elizabeth cohen is in atlanta for us this morning. tell me a little bit more about these peds and exactly what the risks are for the players and what they could make them do. >> right, soledad there's a whole array of peds, performance-enhancing drugs. the miami report mentioned several but two, human growth hormone and testosterones. so let's go over both of those. human growth hormone is something that is natural that human beings naturally have, it helps kids to grow and the advantages or at least what some athletes would tell you the advantages are is that it reduces fat and increases muscle. however, the potential dangers are bone and muscle pain, diabetes and heart disease, testosterone also something obviously that's natural, both men and women have it. when you take extra testosterone, some athlete also tell thaw it also increases muscle mass, makes you smaller and makes it easier -- makes you stronger and makes it easier for to you recover after a big workout, but the potential dangers, sleep apnea, heart disease and also if a man already has prostate cance
, like when william cohen. can you compare when william cohen was nominated as a republican by a democratic president as opposed to senator hagel? >> we've heard republicans say that chuck hagel ceased being a republican several years ago. they were concerned when he voted against -- remember, he voted against the iraq surge. he was against it. he differed from the bush administration on a number of things and i think a lot of republicans feel that he sort of left the party a while back. >> brian: jennifer griffin at the white house for a very good reason. news secretary of defense is going to be nominated today. thanks. >> gretchen: another controversial issue was general mccrystal. remember over in afghanistan he was leading the charge there and he gave an interview to the rolling stone magazine. in that, there were many revelations about how he felt about president obama and his administration. subsequently, mccrystal did resign. >> brian: i will say this, he was never quoted, criticizing the administration. others were saying that's how he felt. but he never blamed anybo
. now cnn medical correspondent elizabeth cohen has the top five most calorie-laden items out there. and some of them may surprise you. >> wolf, when you see some of these calorie counts, your eyes are going to pop out. because some of these dishes are more calories in the one dish than you're supposed to have in the entire day. so let's do a countdown. this is from the center for science in the public interest. on their list, number five, uno's chicago grill, deep dish macaroni and three cheese. 1,980 calories. now, to put that in perspective, you're supposed to have about 2,000 calories a day and you're getting almost all of that in one dish. number four, johnny rockets bacon cheddar double burger with sweet potato fries, 2,360 calories. and at number three, from the cheesecake factory, crispy chick yn costaletta, a whopping 2,610 calories. number two, veal porterhouse with crispy red potatoes. looks pretty simple, no cream sauce or anything, 2,710 calories. and coming in at number one on the extreme eating list, the cheesecake factory's bistro shrimp pasta. it's because that shri
health danger? elizabeth cohen has the signs to watch out for. elizabeth? >> brooke, kids are especially vulnerable to the flu. and parents really need to be vigilant. i spent the day yesterday with the mom who got her son help in the nick of time. darius carr is so sick with the flu, he's in the hospital. he could have died if not for the quick thinking of his mother. robbie carrie was keeping a close eye on her son at home. he didn't seem all that sick, then suddenly wednesday night -- >> he could hardly breathe. he was, you know, gasping for, you know, breath, and that was real scary because i thought he was going to pass out at any minute. >> reporter: robbie immediately brought her 7-year-old son to the emergency room. it is just a short drive away, but by the time they got there, darius was incoherent. how did you feel in your heart when your own son didn't know who you were? >> you don't want to think the worst, but as a parent you can't help it. >> reporter: the flu had struck darius hard. his asthma making it even worse. doctors had to give him oxygen. looking for red flags like
the political buzz saws are out again. like hagel, william cohen was a republican senator before he was bill clinton's secretary of defense. >> i think he will face the same challenge in terms of people on the democratic side saying, hey, wait. we've got some pretty talented people that could step in at a moment's notice and fill that spot. and the republicans will say, why are you helping out a democratic administration? >> reporter: one key republican already is challenging hagel. >> i am concerned about many of the comments that he made and has made, like reference to, quote, jewish lobby, which i don't believe exists. i believe a pro-israel lobby exists. >> reporter: other insist hagel is not anti-israel. >> he belongs to a tough-minded, in this case, republican view of israel that, in fact, accepts the reality that while the united states and israel are very close allies and will remain close allies, their views on every issue cannot be expected to coincide. >> reporter: critics in the gay and lesbian community have turned around their opposition to hagel. in 1998, hagel opposed james h
, could facebook be making you envy yio and if so, what should you do about it? elizabeth cohen joins us. what did the study find? >> the study looks at german college students. pretty specific group of people. what they found is one out of three of them said that they had feelings, like specific kinds of feelings, such as anger, frustration, or irritation when they used facebook which, as you said, you're supposed to feel connected and happy. it's sort of unfortunate that one out of three felt this. then when they asked more questions they got to the bottom of it which is that there was feelings of envy. >> and what triggers it? what are the specific events or postings that get people angry? >> they're on facebook looking around and you see someone's vacation pictures. wow, they had a great time on their vacation. or you see a picture of someone in a happy moment, like newborn babies. or you see social success. wow, boy, they're at a party with 30 people. wow, they have more friends than i do. it's the same kind of thing that makes you envious in real life, right? except on facebook it'
cohen to kind of explain this. i remember covering this story when he first fell into a coma and there was a lot of questions about whether or not he would be kept alive or taken off life support. what do they mean when they say he has responded to some of these things? what does that mean? >> i think they're intentionally using a vague word. it's not responding in the way that i'm responding to your question. it's not sort of that level. >> yeah. >> i spoke to a different israeli -- another israeli doctor who treated him. i'm going to quote his phrases. you have to do that in this situation. it is so specific to each individual patient. he said there was some kind of consciousness, some kind of processing was going on. that was the way he explained it. so let me give you some examples of what they did. dr. friedman sort of alluded to it a second ago. >> sure. >> they would show mr. sharon pictures of houses he wouldn't know, just random houses and theld then they would show him a picture of his own house. areas of his brain lit up that didn't light up with the random houses.
elizabeth cohen in new york, where the demand for the vaccine is so high, people are on a waiting list to get a shot. elizabeth. >> kate, joe, there are shortages of vaccine in various parts of the country. but we're hearing it's especially bad in new york. and it may be because the governor declared this public health emergency, so people are rushing to get their shots, which is good, but sometimes they're not finding them. for example, this urgent care center stayed open over the weekend but actually ran out of shots. they just got a shipment this morning at 11:30. the staff immediately got on the phone, called people on the wait list, saying, come in, get your shot. people were glad to see them. a lot of people have been looking all over for a flu vaccination. >> i looked at one place and they were out. >> i tried three dwayne reeds and one cvs and then came to the urgent care. >> reporter: as part of the public health emergency, governor cuomo gave pharmacists special permission to vaccinate minors. usually, they're not allowed to do that. but there seems to have been a little catc
senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. what did doctors find in this new study? >> this is fascinating. doctors autopsied hundreds of men. they found the ones who were on beta blockers, very common blood pressure medications, had fewer signs of alzheimer's in their brains. fewer lesions. less atrophy. they think it might possibly be because it's good for the brain to have lower blood pressure. it sort of takes some of the stress off the brain. maybe that's why they had those findings. >> so explain exactly what a beta blocker is. does it mean people should routinely be taking beta blockers if they suspect they could come down with dementia or alzheimer's down the road? >> beta blockers block the effect of adrenaline which is what helps bring your blood pressure down. doctors said absolutely not, you should not be on a beta blocker unless you need it. if you don't need the beta blocker, it might cause your more medical problems then you started out with. now, if you do have high blood pressure, you can ask your doctor, hey, i'd like to start on a beta blocker, le
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